Photography: For Love or Money
All week I’ve been doing research on “how to blog”. I’ve read countless books and articles on how to write the best blogs. How to keyword your blogs, optimize your blog, set up your blog for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how to make money blogging.
My wife Tracy decided we needed to go to the library to research this new endeavor of blogging. She always says that knowledge is power. As we talked in the car I was expressing my frustration with needing to learn all these new things. I was telling her that the ultimate goal for the blog was to make money. That’s when it happened...The Look. All men know “the look” and it’s never good. She simply asked me one question “What happened to doing it for the love of photography and nature?” This question was followed by another “look”. That one little question has been haunting me all day.
Later this afternoon, I thought about her question. “What happened to doing it for the love, the pure pleasure of catching the right image?’ As much as it pains me to say this, Tracy was right…AGAIN!!
In the beginning, photography felt so natural. And, for the first time in a long time, I feel passionate about what I was doing. I’m not saying that I’ve lost the romance for photography. That will never happen. But somewhere down the line it stopped being my #1 priority.
I know I can’t be the only one that has fallen into this trap. We all want to make money doing what we love to do, but it shouldn’t be our only goal. We didn’t set out to only make money. We started because we love what we do. Whether it’s painting, drawing or nature and wildlife photography, we do it because it’s a passion. Without passion everything else we do feels empty.
So how did I get into this mess? How did I fall into this materialistic way of thinking? I’ll tell you exactly how it happened…next week.
Right now, I need to get back to doing what I love. That one thing that gets me moving in the morning, rejuvenates my mind, and gets the old creative juices flowing. Now, I am going to charge the batteries, dust off my camera and get back to doing what I love. I have pictures to take!